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CULTURAL CONTRASTS

“Who was that masked woman?”

by Michael Brein, Ph.D.,
The Travel Psychologist

Marrakech, Morocco
Mid-1970s

Sometimes a whole world opens up suddenly right before you — an epiphany of sorts. If you are young, sweet, and naïve, this can be a new and awesome experience of self-discovery. And for novice travelers whose curiosity needs quenching, this serves to fuel our wanderlust all the more.


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Welcome to “Toe Dippers UN-Anonymous!”

Dromomaniacs Among Us!
Or Dromomaniacs R Us!

How Travelers’ Century Club Members goose up their number of countries on their countries-traveled-to lists!

ADVENTURE CLUBS
COLLECTIONS
CRAZY CHARACTERS
DROMOMANIA
FUNNY
GNOMES
PLANET EARTH
TRAVEL PSYCHOLOGY

“Dromomania: a psychiatric diagnosis whose primary symptom is an uncontrollable urge to walk or wander. Dromomania has also been referred to by some as a traveling fugue of sorts. Commonly, the term is used to describe a person’s almost uncontrollable urge to continuously travel or to give in to an incessant wanderlust.”

In order to be able to say (according to the Travelers’ Century Club) “I’ve…


The airplane from hell:
The “can opener” flight

ALOHA AIRLINES
ACCIDENTS & MISHAPS
AIRPLANES & AIRPORTS
AIRPLANE CRASHES
AIRPLANES FROM HELL
CLOSE CALLS & GREAT ESCAPES
HAWAII
TRANSPORTATION

“Suddenly and unbelievably, the top of the plane ruptured with a “whooshing” sound and just started peeling back like one of those sardine-type cans that peel in that way.”

by Michael Brein, PhD,
The Travel Psychologist

The “Can Opener” Flight

Airborne between Hilo and Honolulu, Hawaii
April 28, 1988

Told to me by Bruce P. On Aloha Airlines Flight 243 on April 28, 1988, coming from Hilo to Honolulu 1:20 pm flight…


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More an adrenaline rush than a fright

AIR MICRONESIA
AIRPLANES & AIRPORTS
AIRPLANE CRASHES
CLOSE CALLS & GREAT ESCAPES
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
TRANSPORTATION

“It was very awkward sitting around waiting to get off a burning plane. And knowing that, you know, there’s no point in making it worse. If you start pushing people, they’ll start falling and pull you down.”

by Michael Brein, PhD,
The Travel Psychologist

Yap, Micronesia
1980

Told to me by Bruce P. This was described as an “incident” that happened on November 21, 1980, by Continental Airlines, the parent airline of Air Micronesia, essentially the same company.

Michael: What were you doing in general?


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Two identical twin brothers wreak havoc at Sea

Two cruise ships from hell!

CONS & SCAMS
CRAZY CHARACTERS
CRUISE SHIPS
FROM HELL
HONOLULU
LOS ANGELES
THE LURLINE
OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY
PACIFIC OCEAN
SAN FRANCISCO
SOUTH PACIFIC
TRANSPORTATION
TRAVEL PSYCHOLOGY
TWINS PARANORMAL

“What kind of mischief can you imagine that two twin pursers on two different Matson cruise ships could possibly get themselves into? Any of you who are twins can easily imagine this. The rest of us will have our jaws drop! If shenanigans are indeed a part of human nature, then read on and be amused!”

“Oceans could never keep us apart.”

by Michael Brein, PhD,
The Travel…


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A hush-hush foreign affair with a head of state

AIRPLANES & AIRPORTS
ASIA
CINDERELLA OR QUEEN FOR A DAY
CULTURE CLASH
FOREIGN AFFAIRS
GLORY DAYS
LOVE
TRUE CONFESSIONS
WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME

“He was a very wealthy man. Purportedly one of the 15 wealthiest in the world. On occasion, he would love to shock me. There were a couple of times he actually threw at me a stack of hundred-dollar bills to the amount of $10,000.”

by Michael Brein, PhD,
The Travel Psychologist

Somewhere in Asia
1974

Told to me by *Janice Maurice.

Says Janice, this story happened when I was working as a stewardess for Pan…


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My interview with this most famous man on extraterrestrial visitation

CELEBRITY ENCOUNTERS
HISTORY OF PLANET EARTH
PATHFINDERS
PLANET EARTH
PROJECT BLUE BOOK
SAINTS, MIRACLE WORKERS &
MAGICIANS
UFOs & ALIENS

With the vastness of the universe, would they and could aliens travel here?

Dr. J. Allen Hynek was a consultant to the Air Force with the presumptuous and infamous Project Blue Book. He ultimately resigned in disgust with the Air Force’s (in his opinion) mishandling of the whole matter.

J. Allen Hynek then went on to become the “father” of modern-day UFOlogy.

by Michael Brein, PhD,
The Travel Psychologist & UFOlogist

*UfOlogist — one who studies the subject of UFOs…


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An ominous synchronistic tale of how history can repeat itself!

COLD WAR
DRUGGING
HEALTH & MEDICAL
MUGGING
PARANORMAL
ROBBERY & THEFT
SOVIET UNION & USSR
SYNCHRONICITY
URBAN LEGENDS & MYTHS

“History is said to repeat itself. Sometimes that is a good thing, and sometimes it is not. But synchronicities happen, seemingly coincidentally and often without rhyme or reason. We cannot necessarily choose how it is to unfold with us or when we are to experience it. But the universe teaches lessons in many ways. And the story of the little red lighter is certainly no exception!”

by Michael Brein, PhD,
The Travel Psychologist & UFOlogist

The Little Red Lighter

St…


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An experiment in international hospitality!

ALOHA
CAMARADERIE
CELEBRATION
COLD WAR
ESPIONAGE & SPYING
FBI
HOSPITALITY
INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE
KGB
LOST & FOUND
SOVIET UNION & USSR

“We go to court. Can you believe that? And I LOSE! On grounds of ‘national security,’ I am denied access to the blacked-out sections of my own FBI file! I mean, I have done nothing!”

by Michael Brein, PhD,
The Travel Psychologist


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“Maureen’s Place” a rough-and-ready biker bar in Alaska

ALASKA
CLOSE CALLS & GREAT ESCAPES
FEAR
FIGHTS
SEXISM
SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT
WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME

“You! You do NOT have my permission to do that. You know, it doesn’t work for me.”

by Michael Brein, PhD,
The Travel Psychologist

Wasilla, Alaska
1999

China

Told to me by *Maureen Malin.

I am Maureen Malin (an assumed name).

Michael: So, you have been a student of the martial arts, correct? For how long?

Twenty-five years.

Michael: Have you reached any level of attainment?

As far as belts are concerned, I do traditional martial arts that use belts only…

Michael Brein

I’m The Travel Psychologist. I coined the term! I’ve collected thousands of amazing travel tales and highlight the psychology behind them. Journey with me!

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